By developing programming that is both within and beyond the walls of the JCCNV, the Community Engagement Department strives to inspire Jewish journeys and serve as a catalyst for families in Northern Virginia to seek out deeper participation in Jewish life. Extensive outreach efforts support programs that are designed to emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. Often, these programs are in partnership with area synagogues and Jewish agencies, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
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Programs and Events
For more information on any of the programs mentioned below, please contact Laurie Albert, Community Engagement Director, at Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3064.
Discounted Program and Class Rates. Throughout Centertainment, you’ll notice that the JCCNV offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program.
Give Together: A Family Volunteer Day at the J
Monday, January 19, 10:30am–3:30pm
In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and the spirit of community that this day inspires, Volunteer Fairfax proudly presents the sixth annual Give Together: A Family Volunteer Day. Families will have the opportunity to participate in a number of meaningful projects at several locations throughout the county, including the J. Visit www.volunteerfairfax.org to register.
Good Deeds Day
Sunday, March 15, 1pm–4pm
Location: Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA
The Jewish Community of Greater Washington will join Israel and countries from around the globe for a day of community service. Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community in which we live. Last year, in our community alone, we had more than 5,000 volunteers who took part in this initiative. This day will offer our entire community a variety of hands-on volunteer projects where you can roll up your sleeves and make an impact. There will be projects for even the youngest members of our community!
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is proud to partner with Gesher Jewish Day School and several local synagogues to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages at Gesher Jewish Day School. To register as a volunteer, please visit www.GoodDeedsDayGW.org. If you are interested in being involved with the event, contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org.
Simcha Expo 2015
Sunday, March 22, noon–4pm
Contact: Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, 703.537.3064
If you are planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, baby naming, bris or any other kind of celebration, plan to attend this one-stop shopping expo! From invitations, DJs, party favors and caterers to photographers, venues and decorations… we’ll have it all!
Are You a Vendor? If you would like to participate in this exciting expo, visit www.jccnv.org to download the registration form. Register early and SAVE! The deadline for participation is February 27, 2015.
Brought to you in partnership by the JCC of Northern Virginia, Gesher Jewish Day School, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
The 2015 Northern Virginia Holocaust Commemoration
Reflects Upon: “The Psychology of Scapegoating”
Sunday, April 19, 5pm–8:30pm, JCCNV
We will consider the intricacies of human nature and social interaction that allow for unspeakable atrocities to be committed by some individuals or groups against others. With hope, we will look at strategies that have succeeded in mobilizing the silent bystander and raising up societies to take a forceful stand against injustice and inhumanity.
Hundreds of elected officials, dignitaries, interfaith leaders, Holocaust survivors, youth, and community members will participate in this annual observance held at the J. The program includes youth and professional art displays, B’nai B’rith’s “Unto Every Person There is a Name” reading of names of those who perished in the Holocaust, a youth workshop and an adult seminar exploring our theme, “The Psychology of Scapegoating.” The evening culminates in a community commemoration with readings, poetry, a community interfaith choir, recitation of the Holocaust Kaddish and the intergenerational candle lighting and pledges of the children and grandchildren.
This program is co-hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, the JCCNV, and Congregation Beth Emeth of Herndon. Each year more than two dozen synagogues, houses of worship and non-profits join us as co-sponsors and supporters. Details and registration at www.jcouncil.org/Holocaust
Israel@67: Israel Street Festival
Sunday, May 31, noon–5pm
Contact: Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, 703.537.3064
The J invites the community to celebrate Israel@67. Engaging events and interactive activities will run throughout the day. Join us to celebrate Israel and her people and to strengthen our connections to the Washington area Jewish community. Visit www.jccnv.org for updates.
Food for purchase
Israel-style shuk (market)
Free Admission and Free Parking!
This program is in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and in collaboration with area synagogues and Jewish agencies.
Divas and Diners
Contact: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045 for event dates and locations
Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert and/or drinks — at locations near your neighborhood — with women of all ages and stages! Need a break from your regular routine? Looking for ways to connect with other women? Come out for this monthly gathering — bring a friend, and meet new ones too! See programs below.
Special Ladies Night: Hot Topics!
Sex in the Suburbs: What’s normal anyway?
Sunday, February 8, 5:30pm
An enlightening discussion with gynecologist and sex counselor, Melanie Modjoros, who will be covering topics like sex after mommy-hood, hormonal changes with age and pregnancy, male anatomy questions, desire/arousal issues and sex after health issues (i.e. cancer, back pain, depression, etc.). If the group is interested, we may also discuss how to have a conversation with your children about sex (or plan a follow-up discussion for a later date).
Fee: Free admission; each person pays her own tab
NOTE: There’s limited space, so please RVSP early to Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045.
Divas and Diners Networking Wine and MockTails
Whether you are a small business owner, CEO of a large company or an independent consultant — join us for a MockTail Hour to meet other business owners and make some connections. Visit www.jccnv.org for program updates.
Committee Chair: Gail Gurin
The JCCNV Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program. If you would like more details about our social action programs, please contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3064.